Research on pregnancy

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In relation to DA 1685 - what was the reason for the waiver of the GLA's Contracts Code of Practice in the appointment of the University of Warwick for research on pregnancy and related discrimination?


Answer for Research on pregnancy

Answer for Research on pregnancy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA Contracts Code of Practice sets out that GLA officers must seek 'best value' when awarding a contract.Additionally the code of practice 16.7 (page 59) states that an exemption can be sought if there are a 'limited number of suppliers available'.The University of Warwick owns the database and evaluation model that is needed to undertake this pregnancy discrimination research, focussing on London.Therefore, a waiver was sought because the University of Warwick is the only research institution available to complete the specification. If the GLA sought quotes from other research institutions, the cost would be far greater as the database and evaluation model would initially have to purchased from the University of Warwick.